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OriginOil: using electric pulsing to clean frac water

Friday, July 27, 2012

OriginOil of Los Angeles has started marketing its technology for cleaning frac water (water used for hydraulic fracturing of wells) using electronic pulsing.

In a laboratory test, the algae was able to recover 98 percent of contaminants from frack water in a single pass.

By pulsing electromagnetic waves through the contaminated frac water, it managed to make the contaminants float to the surface, so they could be separated.

To develop its business in the field of cleaning frac water, it has set up an oil and gas division, and appointed Gerald Bailey, former president of Exxon for Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi and UAE, as "Industry Advisor" to the division.

"I was able recently to observe OriginOil's lab-scale frac flowback water treatment process," said Dr. Bailey. "The process is quite an achievement and has so much potential. I am looking forward to helping get this process into wide use in the oil and gas industry as a highly portable, high-flow and chemical-free way to maximize oil recovery and re-use the huge amounts of water used in oil exploration today."

Fracking requires large amounts of water, and the water is contaminated by the fracking process. Oil companies pay between $3 and $12 to process each barrel of produced water, OriginOil says (quoting data from Greentech Media).

The company recently received an order for 2 systems from the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, to use in a demonstration unit.



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